Make memories on your unforgettable Sailing Holiday
Sailing holidays are one of the best ways to explore an area's coastline, lakes or waterways. Rent holiday accommodation across Europe, the USA and Morocco, with numerous destinations that offer the perfect spot to stay and sail – whether as a captain or friend.
Mediterranean Sailing Holidays
Europe is one of the most popular, diverse and beautiful locations to enjoy the coastline, thanks to being surrounded by the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Whether planning to go alone, rent a holiday apartment as a couple or with family, sailing holidays are made possible with the vast amount of available coastal accommodation across our destinations. One of the most popular and beautiful locations is to spend your sailing holiday is in the Mediterranean. Find holiday homes in the Greek Islands and experience the incredible sunsets every evening. Estimated to have between 1200 and 6000 islands, you will never run out of spots to explore. If sailing is something that is new to you, or something that you would like to learn more about, many destinations offer sailing schools. In addition, many companies offer “flotillas”. This allows you to sail your own boat individually but as part of a larger group following an experienced crew, enabling you to learn new skills, gain sailing knowledge and meet new friends.
Alternatively, those who are keen to enjoy a sailing trip but want to enjoy the time relaxing, can use cabin chartering, in which visitors can rent out a cabin to a whole boat for the day, with an experienced captain. This is ideal for couples and those travelling alone keen to meet new friends. Apart from the scenery and sunshine, sailing holidays in the Mediterranean offer fresh sea food and local delicacies to try. Other popular locations to stay and sail include the French Riviera. This romantic and beautiful Mediterranean coastline offers virtually everything you could ask for – secluded beaches, rocky inlets to explore and the cosmopolitan cities, with the likes of Cannes and Nice spread along the shoreline.
Perhaps a more thrifty choice for your sailing holiday would be Croatia. Stay in a Croatian holiday apartment or home and explore the Dalmatian coastline, offering endless sunshine, unspoilt beaches and charming cities. Visit Dubrovnik, the “pearl of the Adriatic” - a medieval, red-roofed city set on the coast, filled with enchanting architecture and set in the foreground of the Dinaric Alps. Spend time in Hvar, a Croatian island located off the Dalmatian Coast and one of the most popular areas in the country – with its bustling Gothic town centre and crystal clear waters, it is not hard to see why.
Tropic or Arctic sailing holidays: You decide
Travel further afield to experience a range of sailing environments. Across the USA, the “Sunshine State” is highly recommended for a sailing break. Rent holiday accommodation in Florida and enjoy the clear, peaceful waters of Sanibel Island. Alternatively, areas off the coast of Morocco – for example Tangier, have numerous companies offering boat and yacht rental, as well as charters. If you are keen to brave colder climates, sailing holidays in Norway offer the opportunity to sail through the beautiful Norwegian fjords. If you are lucky enough, you may even get a glimpse the Northern Lights. Spend a day sailing from Rosendal, and return to your cosy holiday home to relax or explore on land.
Holiday homes by lakes: ideal sailing locations
You don't necessarily need to visit the coast to enjoy sailing, and many lakes in the UK are suitable and easily accessible, meaning a short weekend trip or overnight getaway are possible. Less than an hour's drive from Glasgow lies Loch Lomond, the largest inland stretch of water in the UK, offering a large sailing area for you to enjoy. With over 30 islands and countless inlets, you will never run out of places to explore with sailing holidays on Loch Lomond. Sailing holidays in the Lake District is also a popular choice. Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, is a popular spot for sailing holidays in the UK and is set in the heart of the national park. Windermere offers the possibility to hire dinghies and yachts, as well as courses for beginners. The lake is home to The Lake District Boat Club, aimed at families and open to all boat users on the lake. This could be an ideal location to make new friends with similar interests. If you are looking for a more tropical destination, sailing holidays in Lake Como are popular. Bursting with history, culture and heritage, Lake Como is set in the foreground of the Grigna Mountains in Italy. As one of the largest lakes in Italy, spend the day sailing in motor boats, yachts or dinghies. Whilst there, perhaps try your hand at other water sports like windsurfing or kite-surfing whilst surrounded by the breathtaking landscape and wildlife. Ultimately, wherever you plan to spend your sailing holiday, you can be sure that you will return with only happy memories.